Federal Employees Union Backs GillibrandThursday, May 21, 2009
Contact: Randy Erwin, NFFE Legislative Director
Phone: (202) 257-0948
Washington, D.C. – The National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE), a union representing 100,000 federal government workers nationwide, enthusiastically endorses the candidacy of Kirsten Gillibrand for United States Senator from New York.
“Kirsten Gillibrand is without a doubt the strongest candidate to represent the people of New York,” said NFFE National President Richard N. Brown, a lifelong resident of the state. “She understands the needs of constituencies throughout the state, and she is ideally suited to help struggling families get through this difficult economic period. She has been an unwavering advocate of federal employees, and indeed all working Americans.”
Throughout her brief tenure in the U.S. Senate, Gillibrand has already proven herself to be a strong leader and champion of the middle class. Her vote in favor of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act delivered desperately needed funds to cash-strapped federal agencies that not only serve, but protect the American people every day. As a result of this vote, thousands of American workers are once again bringing home a paycheck and thousands more will be able to do so in the coming years.
As a co-sponsor of the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act, a bill which gives four weeks of paid leave to federal workers caring for a newborn child, the Senator has demonstrated her commitment to building a better workplace for both current and future federal employees.
As the Representative of New York’s 20th Congressional District, Gillibrand took a stand against the anti-worker, anti-union National Security Personnel System, protecting the pay and bargaining rights of the dedicated Department of Defense employees in her district. Advocating an ‘open-door’ policy with employee representatives, Gillibrand has consistently demonstrated a genuine concern for the issues that impact federal workers every day.
In his letter endorsing the Senator, Brown said: “‘We work for America every day’ is NFFE’s motto, and it is clear that you support and share that view. NFFE enthusiastically endorsed your candidacy during your past campaigns for New York’s 20th Congressional District, and we are proud to give you our full backing once again in your campaign for election to the U.S. Senate.”
NFFE represents thousands of federal employees in the State of New York, including those at the Watervliet Arsenal, Troy Lock and Dam, Gerald B.H. Solomon National Cemetery, Castle Point VA Hospital, Northport VA Hospital, New York City Passport Office, and the Home of FDR and Vanderbilt national historic sites in Hyde Park.